Whether it’s just before the sun rises or long after it has set, Denton High School’s Ben McAfee can be found running. Committed to his dream of making the 2020 U.S. Olympic team, McAfee knows how much work is ahead of him. On Monday in Sacramento, California, he will take a major step toward accomplishing his goal as he competes in the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championships.
A growing movement to institute pitch count limits on high school baseball players took a huge step toward reality this week, but it has been met with mixed reviews from a handful of local coaches. The National Federation of State High School Associations announced Tuesday that each state’s governing organization for high school sports must establish its own set of pitch count guidelines.
Entering his senior season with a wealth of college offers, Denton High School’s Grant Polley has drawn interest from around the country.
Denton athletic coordinator Kevin Atkinson knows how important experience at the highest level is, so when the Lady Broncos began their search for a new softball coach after Rhana Ramos resigned recently, Atkinson was looking for the right mix of approachability and confidence.
As a three-sport athlete, Chris Miller has been at the heart of Denton’s recent resurgence. He anchored a relay team to the state track and field meet, added depth to an already deep basketball squad and injected the football team with some of the best speed and athleticism it’s seen in several seasons.
After spending time riding the film festival circuit, When We Were All Broncos will make its television debut on KERA-TV (Channel 13) at 9 p.m. Friday. The documentary, directed by David Barrow, chronicles the journey of the racially integrated 1972 Denton High School football team and its role in Denton and the recently desegregated South.
Graduating from North Texas in 1980 with a degree in business, Gerry Standridge started in real estate before entering the coaching world, and it was in 2002 when he officially was introduced to the sport of volleyball.
Denton volleyball coach Danielle Kading didn’t have much of a transition from her time in college at TWU to head coach of the Lady Broncos at age 22, but when she arrived at Denton she hit the ground running, leading her team to five consecutive playoff appearances.
First embracing track and field in fifth grade, Denton’s Logan McDaniel is still learning the sport. As he and the rest of the Broncos enter today’s Class 5A state meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, they are looking to take the next step toward ultimate success while building the program’s tradition along the way.
In her time at Navo Middle School, Denton’s Selena Gembeh was one of the fastest runners on the track and field team, but in seventh grade her coach encouraged her to try the high jump.
ARGYLE — Scoring eight runs in the first inning, Liberty Christian kept swinging hard and staying on top of Brownsville St. Joseph. The Warriors hosted the Bloodhounds at Lovelace Family Stadium in a one-game TAPPS Class 5A bi-district playoff, and Liberty mercy-ruled the Bloodhounds 12-1 in five innings.
FORT WORTH — After being trounced from the start of Game 1 of their best-of-three Class 5A bi-district playoff series against Grapevine, pitcher Malik Minter and the Denton Broncos knew they couldn’t allow themselves to get so far behind in Game 2.
As the Denton Broncos prepared for the Class 5A Region I track and field meet starting today in Lubbock, they were running a fine line between confidence and arrogance.
FORT WORTH — Following each game, win or lose, first-year Lake Dallas coach Amber Tramp grips a white binder filled with her team’s season and game goals. She white-knuckles it after a loss, and she has a much lighter grip following a big win.
For the second consecutive game Denton struggled to find its offensive rhythm, and on Friday at Cotton Nix Field against last-place Azle, the Broncos had their opportunities but couldn’t exploit the Hornets until the District 5-5A game was out of hand.
Heading to the bottom of the seventh down 2-0 to Wichita Falls Rider, the Denton Broncos didn’t want to be on the wrong end of a perfect game. The Raiders’ Koby Hott was three outs away from sending the Broncos to their third district loss.
As the Denton Broncos exited their home dugout, it was a somber mood as each player shoved his equipment into a bag.
It appears the Denton Broncos are hitting their stride this season after beginning their season with one win in their first 13 games. Since then, they’ve won seven of their past eight games, are now tied for first place in District 5-5A and are on a five-game winning streak.
Ryan’s lack of production at the plate makes it fair to wonder how long the Raiders can keep eking out wins against a tough district slate that is still anyone’s for the taking heading into Friday’s round of games.
When Denton and Lake Dallas met in the bi-district round of the playoffs a season ago, the veteran Lady Falcons blitzed the untested Lady Broncos in the first half and rolled to a 3-0 victory. Holding a bit more experience and plenty of motivation, it was Denton that was able to turn the tables a year later.
After kicking off play in District 5-5A with three games on the road, the Denton Broncos returned to Cotton Nix Field on Thursday night. Behind a dominating performance by junior Raine Richter on the mound, the Broncos knocked off Saginaw 6-0.
As the Denton-area slate of playoff soccer kicks off today, Denton and Lake Dallas are set to rekindle a rivalry that saw the Lady Falcons end the Lady Broncos’ season 3-0 in the first round a year ago.
Vivian Gray and Madison Ralston, two key cogs in Argyle’s state championship win from earlier this month, highlight a trio of Denton-area standouts recently named to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches all-state teams.
In its regular-season finale at Bronco Field, Denton saw district champion Wichita Falls as a perfect test for its impending playoff run. The Lady Coyotes haven’t lost in District 5-5A play, and the Lady Broncos and Wichita Falls Rider round out the cream of the crop.
As the Denton Lady Broncos wind down their regular season, their offense is beginning to find consistency, and their confidence is growing.
Boasting District 5-5A’s No. 2 defense and a win over Denton this season, Wichita Falls Rider has had a knack for playing the Broncos very tight in recent years.
Seven Denton-area boys basketball teams begin the journey through the UIL playoffs tonight and tomorrow while two area girls teams move into the regional quarterfinals.
SAGINAW — Trailing by eight points in the second half Monday, the Denton Lady Broncos did just about everything right the rest of the way to get themselves back in the game.
Krum coach Stacey Lucas didn’t say it’s state or bust this season. But her team certainly looks the part.
For eight Denton-area girls basketball teams, the win-and-advance season, better known as the UIL state playoffs, gets under way today and tomorrow.
As the Denton Broncos enter the final stretch of District 5-5A play, they are preparing to hopefully make a deep playoff run, but they are also revving up to achieve something that hasn’t happened in 25 years.
In a showdown for first place in District 5-5A, the Denton Lady Broncos tried to put their bad luck against Wichita Falls Rider over the past few years behind them by attempting to control play to frustrate the offensively gifted Lady Raiders.
On Tuesday against Azle, which is winless in District 5-5A play, Denton was forcing turnovers at its usual high rate.
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — In an overcrowded room of eager coaches and school district officials, Ryan coach Dave Henigan positioned himself in front of a large projection screen.